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Music - Composition

McGill University

48 months
16750 CAD/year
2726 CAD/year
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The D.Mus. in Music - Composition from McGill University offers composition students private instruction with some of Canada’s most accomplished composers as well as studies in different compositional methods and technologies.


A broad range of seminars in the Music - Composition degree from McGill University explore performance practice in the broader humanistic and scientific contexts of music, while encouraging the critical thinking and the fertile exchange of ideas that promote new ways of engaging with music. The artistic research may assume a variety of forms from the study of scores, works, and contextual influences through the analysis of performance itself and the creation of new works.

Students benefit from:

  • Cutting-edge research and performance facilities
  • Equipment resources of the Digital Composition Studios and CIRMMT
  • International new music festivals, lecture and performance series, and conferences co-sponsored by the Schulich School of Music
  • A visiting artist series
  • High-quality performances, readings, and recordings of their works by some of the school’s most esteemed ensembles and advanced performers
  • Commissioning opportunities through an established composer-in-residence program and through student-initiated, performer-composer and interdisciplinary collaborations.


Graduates of this program have won prestigious awards (e.g., Jules Leger Prize, SOCAN competition) and gone on to have successful careers in university teaching,(freelance)composition, film, literature and conducting.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • General Examinations
  • Comprehensive Examinations
  • Doctoral Composition Tutorial

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A master's degree in Music Composition, or its equivalent, from a university recognized by McGill. 
  • A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) should be 3.0 out of a possible 4.0, or your grade point average (GPA) should be 3.2 out of 4.0 in your last two years of full-time studies.
  • Proficiency in English, the primary language of instruction at McGill.
  • Transcripts from each college/university-level institution that you have attended.
  • Two letters of recommendation (if you are currently a McGill student, you are exempt).
  • Personal statement
  • Research proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Composition scores
  • Composition recordings
  • Thesis summary/abstract
  • Your supervisor preference

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16750 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8375 CAD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    2726 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1363 CAD per semester during 48 months.


McGill University is committed to provide financial support for graduate education. Through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) and other academic units, McGill is working to increase the number of student fellowships and scholarships, exploring new avenues for student support, and making it easier to disburse existing funds. Our competitive funding support offers, coupled with Montreal’s low cost of living, makes graduate studies at McGill a wise educational investment.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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